Skip to main content

Near Infrared Light Stimulation for Early to Mid-Stage Dementia

Active, not recruiting

This study will evaluate the effects of repeated brief exposure to near infrared light stimulation in people with early- to mid-stage Alzheimer's disease who have problems with attention span, working memory, learning and remembering, planning, organizing, self-monitoring, inhibition, and flexible thinking.

Minimum Age Maximum Age Gender Healthy Volunteers
50 Years 85 Years All No
October 15, 2018
October 15, 2020

  • Diagnosis of dementia, probable Alzheimer's type
  • Dementia symptoms not greater than early to mid-stage dementia
  • Generally healthy as indicated by recent physical examination within past 6 months
  • If labs are available within the last 6 months, kidney, liver, and heart function should be normal

  • Diagnosed actively growing intracranial pathology, such as tumors
  • Misusing illegal substances or alcohol
  • Previous history of stroke
  • History of aggression or violence
  • History of major psychiatric illness
  • No underlying central nervous system pathology

This study will gather data to see if near infrared light frequency can increase the activity of brain cells and provide support for cells' ability to repair and protect themselves against further damage. Participants will be randomly assigned to near infrared stimulation or sham stimulation for 8 weeks by wearing a portable helmet over the head twice a day.

Name City State Zip Status Primary Contact
Quietmind Foundation
Elkins Park Pennsylvania 19027

Baylor Scott and White Medical Center, Temple
Temple Texas 76508

Baylor Research Institute

  • Quietmind Foundation

Name Role Affiliation
Jason H. Huang, MD Principal Investigator Baylor Scott and White Healthcare
Marvin H. Berman, PhD Principal Investigator Quiet Mind Foundation

Name Phone Email
Richard Castillo 254-724-7727
Damir Nizamutdinov, MD, PhD 254-239-4228


Assessing Feasibility of Prolonged Repetitive Near Infrared Light Stimulation on Cognitive and Behavioral Symptoms in Early to Mid-Stage Dementia